Feeling Roguish?

Sarah Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, is out and selling very well. Of course, the library has copies and people are waiting in line for those, including me. I think people are interested in it for various reasons: they liked her vice-presidential campaign and are wondering about a potential 2012 presidential bid, curiosity about a very public figure, or as one person quoted to me, “keep your friends close but your enemies closer.”  I just want to see all of the 68 photos that I read are included – that’s a lot of pictures!

— Julie

P.S. Was looking up “rogue” in the dictionary to make sure my spelling of roguish was correct…

Oxford Reference Online

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary

One Amazing Parrot

alex and meI can’t remember where I heard about the book Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg, but it sounded interesting so I put a hold on the book on CD thinking that I’d listen to it. Well, I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a book as much as this one. Part scientific study and part memoir, Alex and Me is also the story of a thirty-year loving relationship that any pet owner would completely understand. As much as Dr. Pepperberg stresses Alex’s accomplishments in the field of animal behavior, she also shows his unique personality while telling anecdotes about her studies with Alex. 

Once, when given a piece of apple to eat, Alex would not repeat the word apple. Instead he gave it the name “ban-nerry.” The more the trainers repeated “apple,” the more he replied “ban-nerry.” Finally students figured out that Alex coined the word to describe the red outside skin of an apple and the soft inside of a banana.

Alex often got bored with the repetiveness of his training and would say “want a nut.” He expected to receive one right away. Once when he was repeatedly ignored, he sounded out the word nut–nnn…uuuu….tttt. Again, he amazed his trainers because he actually knew the sounds that made up the word and wasn’t just “parroting” other people’s phrases.

If you liked the story of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat, you’ll love Alex and Me.